China votes against UN probe into alleged Russian war crimes – RT World News

Beijing cites “politicization” of human rights council, opposes probe into possible human rights abuses in Ukraine

China has voted against a UN Human Rights Council inquiry into possible Russian war crimes in northern Ukraine, moving away from its previous stance on the crisis amid concerns that the investigation is politically motivated.

“We have noticed the politicization and conflict in recent years [council] Is growing, which has severely affected credibility, neutrality and cohesion. “ Chen Xu, the top Chinese diplomat at the UN office in Geneva, said.

Before the Human Rights Council vote on Thursday, Chen made the remarks – approving a resolution calling for a war crimes investigation – with 12 abstentions, 33-2. Eritrea is the only other nation to have voted. Abstaining members include Armenia, Bolivia, Cameroon, Cuba, India, Kazakhstan, Namibia, Pakistan, Senegal, Sudan, Uzbekistan and Venezuela.

The investigation will apparently include only allegations against Russia, not atrocities committed by Ukrainian troops, and will focus on events in the Kyiv, Chernigov, Kharkov and Sumi regions of Ukraine in late February and early March. It will be done “In order to hold those responsible accountable.” According to the resolution.

The territories that came under Russian control in the early days of the conflict, which began on February 24, “Europe has experienced the worst human rights abuses in decades.” Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Emin Zeper told the council.

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Gennady Gatilov, Moscow’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, argued that “Combined West” One is organized “The political path to satanic RussiaInstead of addressing the real causes of the crisis in Ukraine and looking for ways to solve those problems

The UN General Assembly last month voted to expel Russia from the Human Rights Council. China did not vote in that regard, but did refrain from condemning Russia’s military action to the General Assembly and other Ukraine-related resolutions, including a UN Security Council reprimand to Moscow.

Speaking at a Security Council meeting in New York on Thursday, Dai Bing, China’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, argued that anti-Russian sanctions would be reversed. “Sanctions will not only bring peace but will only accelerate the spread of the crisis, triggering massive food, energy and financial crises around the world.” He said.

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Russia attacked the neighboring state in 2014 after Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the first Minsk agreement and the final recognition of Moscow’s Donetsk and Lugansk’s Donbas republics. The German- and French-brokered Minsk protocol was designed to give special status to isolated territories within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine formally declare itself a neutral state that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kyiv has insisted that the Russian invasion was completely unpopular and has denied claims that it is planning to forcibly retake the two republics.

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